Goa India’s most preferred travel destination; Manali, Shimla in top 10: Report

Be it winter or summer, Indians do not seem to get enough of Goa. A new Google India report released on Wednesday shows that Goa remains the most preferred destination within the country. The Andaman and Nicobar Islands witnessed a boom in popularity with 39.8% year-on-year growth. Hill stations like Manali, Shimla and Ooty also made it to the top 10 destinations list, according to the report based on searches conducted by Indians between February and April 2017. Hill stations like Manali, Shimla and Ooty also made it to the…

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10 of the best winter city breaks in Europe: readers’ travel tips

Winning tip: Tobogganing in Zurich The best way to see Zurich is from the top of its own mini mountain, Uetliberg, from where you get a view of the whole city, the lake and the countryside with mountains in the distance. It’s particularly magical in winter when everything is dusted with snow and the toboggan run is open – two miles of downhill fun from Uetliberg to Triemli! You can hop on a direct train from Zurich main station to the mountaintop, which takes just 20 minutes and costs CHF8.60…

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Rio and São Paulo states’ top 10 budget beach hotels and B&Bs

The coast of the adjoining states Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo is one of the finest in Brazil, dotted with small tropical islands, beautiful bays, wonderful golden sandy beaches, and backed by mountains covered with virgin Atlantic rain forest. Most of it is still unknown to international tourists, yet this is where residents of Rio and São Paulo (Brazil’s two largest cities, with a joint population of over 30 million) come to relax, party and feel that tropical paradise vibe. It’s not the cheapest part of Brazil, but these…

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University admissions officers reveal the top 10 qualities they look for in students’ applications

Almost all university admissions officers say they actively consider a student’s likelihood to complete their degree when deciding to offer them a place or not – an eight per cent increase on last year. According to this year’s University Admissions Officers Report, students applying to university through Clearing or Adjustment must be prepared to demonstrate their commitment to their chosen course. With 99 per cent of officers assessing how likely students will finish their studies, nine in ten said they look for evidence of a student’s passion for their chosen…

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Top 10 hotels in the Highlands, Scotland

Activities, both adventurous and relaxing, abound in the Highlands and with these hotel suggestions from a new book, Scotland the Best, great food, hospitality and a good rest are also easy to find Loch and roll … the Glenfinnan House Hotel on the edge at Loch Shiel Glenfinnan House Hotel A Victorian mansion with lawns down to Loch Shiel and the Glenfinnan Monument over the water. There’s no shortbread-tin twee or tartan carpet here; instead a warm welcome from the MacFarlanes and managers, the Gibsons, and an atmospheric bar (with…

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10 of the best gardens … that you’ve probably never heard of

Forget big names such as Kew and Versailles, these almost-secret gardens around the world are worth tracking down, for lovers of horticulture, sculpture – and the bizarre More than capable … the Capability Brown-designed Gatton Park, in Surrey. Photograph: Alamy Gatton Park, England This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of English landscape gardener Lancelot “Capability” Brown, who created lakes, built hills and planted forests in the process of creating over 170 spectacular parks. Among his finest creations are Harewood in Leeds and Croome Park, Worcestershire (which has…

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It costs Rs. 10,000 to make an Apple iPhone SE: IHS Report

A teardown press report by research firm IHS reveals that for Apple, it costs only Rs. 10,563 to manufacture the iPhone SE. Apple priced the 16GB iPhone SE at $399 in the U.S., and has a margin of $230 to tackle logistics, distribution, and other expenses and profits. In India, a price of Rs. 39,000 leaves a margin of Rs. 29,000 to take care of necessary details. Apple aims to expand its presence at lower cost categories with the iPhone SEas it did with the iPhone 5C. On this note, an…

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Top 10 craft beer pubs in Belfast

Belfast’s growing craft beer scene puts the spotlight on small, local breweries and enthusiastic staff. We pick 10 pubs and bars where you can get a modern taste of the city Bootleggers This “dude food” diner – elaborate burger menu; skulls and shipping pallets stuck on the walls; confrontational slogans scrawled in the gents – doubles as a rather good bar. It’s a place where, to a soundtrack of Orange Juice and Vampire Weekend, you can work your way through Irish beers from such outfits as Trouble Brewing, Knockout and…

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Sarajevo city guide: 10 of the best art and design-inspired destinations

A vibrant, walkable city, Sarajevo is thriving thanks, in part, to its contemporary culture and art, which is on display at galleries … and also its restaurants, bars and hotels Grand design … Festina Lente bridge over the Miljacka river. Sarajevo. Photograph: Alamy On a warm summer day, I strolled down Wilson Alley, a promenade lined with shady linden trees in the centre of Sarajevo, the calm Miljacka river on one side and stylish cafes with alfresco dining on the other. I joined a cluster of people staring down at…

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Six in 10 new GCSEs and A-levels remain unapproved – with just 18 weeks of term time left

The longer this accreditation process drags on, the more it is going to be a real problem, warns union leader Well over half of the new GCSE, AS and A-level qualifications being introduced in September have still not been officially approved, just 18 school weeks before they are due to be taught, TES can reveal. Figures from exams watchdog Ofqual show that 65 of 156 specifications have been accredited, leaving 91, or 58 per cent, still in draft form. This includes all GCSE science papers, none of which have yet been…

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